With the rise of pro scooter riding came stunt scooters flooding into skateparks all over the world. The YouTube phenomenon really aided the growth of the scooter scene exposing kids to gravity defying tricks and maneuvers. Similar to skateboarding, just because there isn’t a skatepark nearby that doesn’t mean that people aren’t going to skate. Naturally people take to whatever terrain they have around them, Enter Street Scooters!
Way back in the days of Scooter Con in San Diego the day after the park contest there was usually a jam when the best riders took their talents to the streets of San Diego. Jumping down stair sets, gaps, and grinding handrails. Within the street style of riding quite a few things change from park scooter riding which make the need for different scooters, wheels, and bars.
- Differences between Street Scooters & Park Scooters
- Top 3 Best Street Scooters
- Street Scooter Comparison Chart
- Street Scooter Components & Parts
Differences between Street Scooters & Park Scooters
Street Scooter Features
Street Scooters will usually be a lot larger, have taller and wider bars along with wider and longer decks. The major reasons for this is style of riding, while park riders do flipping and whipping tricks like buttercups, briflips, briwhips, and flairs. In the street scooter sector tricks are more technical… grinds on ledges and more combos like bar spin, 360, back lip slides are more common in street riding. Wider decks, upwards of 5.5″ allow for a lot more leverage while up on rails in grinds.
The higher bar height also directly relates to rails and ledges. When the handlebars are taller you can easily stabilize and keep balanced while grinding. It also make sense for taller bars, as kids typically transition into street riding as they get older and seemingly outgrow going to the skatepark every week.
One of the cool innovations that came with street scooters was the boxed deck. While most park scooters have the edges behind the real wheel cut away, street decks leave the material there to allow riders to lock into coping or ledges much easier.
Top 3 Best Street Scooters
#1. Envy Prodigy Street Scooter
The S8 PRODIGY Street Edition Scooter is best suited for the INTERMEDIATE to ADVANCED rider. It features Nylon bolt on Brake system and Boxed Ends. 6 Series Alu Forged Prodigy IHC fork- Compatible up to 125 x 30mm wheels. 4130 Cro-mo Thermal bars 650mm/25.6″ high x 580mm/22.8″ wide.
- HIGH QUALITY LIGHT WEIGHT S8 ProdNylon bolt on Brake system and Boxed Ends.
6 Series Alu Forged Prodigy IHC fork- Compatible up to 125 x 30mm wheels.
4130 Cro-mo Thermal bars 650mm/25.6" high x 580mm/22.8" wide
TPR hand grips 160mm long with nylon bar ends
2 bolt Prodigy Clamp- 6mm bolts
Fully sealed integrated headset
120 mm x 24mm GAP wheels 86A PU- ABEC 9 bearingigy Deck 500mm(19.69") x 130mm(5.11") x 340mm(13.4") Foot Space in quality Black finish.
- STRONG HEAT TREATED 4130 Cro-Mo T style Thermal bars 650mm/25.6" high x 600mm/23.6" wide with 160mm(6.3") TPR Hand Grips designed for comfort and durability.
2. Envy Scooters KOS S6 Complete Street Scooter
The second recommended street scooter is the Envy Soul 6. This scooter features Aluminum Deck with 82.5 degree head tube, hollow core wheels, and the V@ declare forks.
- HIGH QUALITY LIGHT WEIGHT 6 Series Aluminium Deck with 82.5 Degree New Design Head Tube 510mm(20") x 125mm(4.9") x 350mm(13.8") Foot Space and finished in Matte Black with Snake Logo
- OVERSIZE CHROME-MOLY SOUL BARS 650mm(25.6") x 580mm(22.8") in Chrome. Envy V2 160mm(6.3") TPR Black Hand Grips designed for comfort and durability.
#3. Fuzion Z350 Boxed Complete Street Scooter
The third street scooter on our list is the Z350 boxed by Fuzion Pro Scooters. The park scooter juggernaut enters there street scooter into the battle and does a great job. The wide 5 inch deck provides plenty of foot space. Overall this complete looks awesome and performs equally as well. Fuzion has been killing it in recent years so look for their street scooters to only get better from here.
- 🛴 🏁 BUILT FOR PERFORMANCE! What do kids love most about the Fuzion Z350? They can ride it hard just like the pros!
Street Scooter Comparison Chart
Street Scooter Components & Parts
Because Street Scootering is fundamentally different from park riding (that primarily takes places on ramps and other obstacles designed for action sports), street scooters have different features or characteristics that allow them to ride structures found in natural urban areas, such as stair sets, ledges, and handrails. Keep reading as we discuss differences in the specific components.
Best Street Scooter Decks
The street scooter deck is one that differs quite a bit from a park pro scooter. While almost all scooter decks are becoming wider, this is especially true when it comes to street scooter decks and here’s why. A rider who is going to be jumping down handrails and grinding steep ledges is going to need more surface area to grind and slide. So it’s only natural to increase the deck width, these days common street decks sizes are between 5″ and 6″.
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Another factor is the type of kid who is riding street, usually as kids get older they lean more towards street riding because it comes with a much cooler lifestyle and “vibe” so my son tells me. As kids get older they get bigger so with older kids come larger scooter to accommodate them.
Best Street Scooter Wheels
When it comes to wheels for street scooters factors like size are rider preference, some people will only ride 100mm wheels while other will prefer 110mm wheels. Weight is another rider preference factor, with the lightest wheels being hollow cores. Generally speaking the specs that almost always lean more towards street riding is the wheel profile and durometer.
When riding street you are going to want a flatter wheel. This is going to provide more surface area for your wheels to grip the terrain you’re riding. While this isn’t optimal for producing speed it doesn’t matter as much because you aren’t doing flips into ramps. The second factor you should consider is the durometer or hardness of the wheels. Softer wheels are better for skatepark riding, they will provide grip for riding out of transitions. On the other hand harder wheels will be more durable and hold up to rougher surfaces like asphalt and concrete.
Cheapest Street Scooter Completes
Similar to skateboarding street scooters aren’t really bought as completes. A rider would traditionally go to a scooter shop and select all their individual part to build a complete scooter. To get the best street setup, I would still advise doing this.However, if you are a beginner or are shopping for a beginner who is more interested in street style riding there are completes available.
A custom street scooter can range anywhere from $250 to $500, so the Envy Prodigy Street is actually a good value. If you budget doesn’t allow and you have to buy a street style scooter the Credo would be the only other option in a complete.